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In Hiroshima, President Obama honors ‘silent cry’ of bombing victims

President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the “silent cry” of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America should not apologize for Hiroshima

That said, there is a more visceral reason the answer to the second question must be no: Any other answer would defame Americans who endured unimaginable cruelty at Japanese hands.


Unexploded WWII shell sparks evacuation in Brit city

Thousands of people were evacuated from homes and businesses in the English city of Bath after a 500-pound (225-kilogram) unexploded World War II shell was found under a school playground.


Obama gets bill to allow female pilots’ ashes at Arlington

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that would allow female World War II pilots known as WASPs to continue placing their ashes at Arlington National Cemetery.


Obama to visit Hiroshima seven decades after atomic bombing

In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb …


Israel marks annual Holocaust remembrance day

Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.


Teen raises $100,000 for veterans Honor Flight program

The money Justin Peterson raised has allowed more than 100 war veterans to fly to Washington, D.C., and visit the memorials. The 15-year-old started his fundraising campaign when he was …


Charles Boyer, one of the last Pearl Harbor survivors in Spokane County, dies

The Patriot Guard Riders stood silently, their flags held aloft as a light rain fell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley on Saturday. They’d come to honor Charles …


Organization opens center in Poland amid Jewish revival

A major Jewish organization has opened its first chapter in Poland, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation that comes even as Jews have …


Clark County woman sells plane used to spy on Nazis

On Friday, Sally Runyan will say goodbye to a piece of history: a 1936 Lockheed 12A that has a special story. Of the 130 of these planes built, the one …


Native American ‘code talker’ Gilbert Horn Sr dies at 92

Gilbert Horn Sr., a World War II veteran honored for his service as a Native American code talker, has died of natural causes. He was 92.


Auctioneer to sell Hitler’s personal copy of ‘Mein Kampf’

A Maryland auction house says it is selling a copy of “Mein Kampf” that once belonged to Adolf Hitler and was taken from his Munich apartment at the end of …


Doug Clark: Spokane woman’s WWII collection a tribute to heroes – and her gumption

Jill Chandler began collecting photos and letters from World War II pilots as a teenager. Her collection now numbers some 400 photos and several thousand letters that together are a …


Washington’s newest national park at Hanford could draw 100,000 visitors by 2018

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.


Spokane Valley high school students learn about WWII from those who lived it

Students from two Spokane Valley high schools learned first-hand what life was like during wartime from residents of Harvard Park Retirement Community.


Navy pilot, lost in winter storm in 1945, to be honored at Veterans Cemetery

Andy Norberg was just a few months old when his father, a Navy Reserve pilot, disappeared and was presumed dead. “Some of the things that I knew, when I grew …


World War II veteran relates the keys to happiness

World War II veteran Les Ames is self-publishing his first book at age 96 - “Happiness is Life,” which tells the story of his service in the Pacific, his career …


Missing in America nonprofit lays 46 ‘lost’ local veterans to rest

Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart …


Dispatches from Dachau

I t may have been chance that brought Clarice Wilsey face-to-face with her late father’s role in the liberation of Dachau. Or maybe it was fate. Nearly 10 years ago, …


Doug Clark: Tales of vegetation, devastation

An 88-year-old Spokane Valley resident wanted to “pass the torch” regarding some magic compost recipe he uses to make his flower and vegetable gardens magnificent year after year. Yeah. I …


Statue of WWII hero Boyington dedicated at Coeur d’Alene Airport

In a tribute to a hometown hero, a bronze statue of Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was dedicated Saturday evening at the Coeur d’Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field in Hayden. The famed …


Spokane woman to be honored for role in WWII Dutch Resistance

A Spokane great-grandmother will be honored in Olympia next week for her work as a teenage Dutch Resistance operative during World War II. Carla Olman Peperzak, 91, helped hide approximately …


Doug Clark: Crooner rocks the house at 101st birthday party

It’s Friday morning at Coeur d’Alene’s McGrane Center and show time for a remarkable woman named Betty Hollingsworth. Small and thin, snow-white hair arranged into tight pin curls, Hollingsworth rises …


Washington Senate honors early Civil Air Patrol members

OLYMPIA – Richard Hagmann was working at a war production plant in his native Los Angeles in 1941 when a friend of a friend told him about a new group …


Cindy Hval’s regular newspaper feature inspires book of WWII romances

Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- …


Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating …


Freedom fighter: Spokane’s Carla Peperzak protected fellow Jews through Dutch Resistance during World War II

Carla Olman Peperzak donned a blue-and-white nurse’s uniform and made her way to Amsterdam’s Central Station. She had received word that an aunt and five cousins would be passing through …


Americans, Belgians mark Battle of the Bulge anniversary

BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and …


Pearl Harbor survivors mark 73rd anniversary in Spokane

On Sunday, the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Stars and Stripes STA bus delivered its precious cargo to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The five …


Spokane veteran receives France’s highest honor for WWII service

After receiving the highest medal bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the …